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She Just Sees Sam

I was really hopeful after such a great day yesterday. It had been a full Saturday for Sam. He went to a new soccer group (his very first!), got his hair cut, and had an ice cream date with me. It was one thing after another, and that's a lot to process. He had a...

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Just for Today

Today, my son still has autism. Every day for the rest of his life, he will have autism. But today, or rather right now, I don’t want to dwell on the difficulties autism brings and will bring when he comes home from school at the end of the day. I don’t want to wish...

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On Respite and Guilt

This past week, Samuel spent a few days at my parents' house without his brothers. We dropped him off on Wednesday, came back on Saturday for our monthly family dinner, and took him back home with us Saturday night. On Thursday, my oldest son Ben was invited to Six...

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Praying Through the Storm of Autism

"Mom, the clouds are dark. I think there's going to be a tornado." "No, Sam. There's no tornado." "I think the sky is turning green," he said, his pitch rising, and eyes frantically searching the sky for clues. "I'm afraid there's going to be a tornado!" "Samuel. Look...

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When God Provides

“He will not leave you alone.”This is true. We see over and over in Scripture how God provides for every aspect of His creation, from the number of hairs on our head to every sparrow that falls from the sky, to the lilies of the field. Friends, we serve a great and...

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The Power of Presence: What Not to Say

You've probably read those articles before. You know, the ones written to instruct you on "What Not to Say to a Special Needs Parent." If you've never read one before, here's a good example of one that even offers alternatives here.  But there's one response that I...

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Not Alone

The morning had been going so well. It was a Sunday morning and we had to be at church early for rehearsal since I was on praise team. Everyone was getting ready to leave without much difficulty, except for my poor husband. The dog had been let out for a minute, but...

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Change Happening Now

There might be a few things that look weird or out of place here. I've been working a LOT on optimizing and enhancing this blog, all for the benefit of you! But while in the process of making changes, there are bound to be a few snafus, and there's only so much time...

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Sense, That Total Makes

Today is THE day. The day that we have been waiting for since November 22, 2013 when the much anticipated movie "Frozen" debuted in theaters. We were visiting family for Thanksgiving and the boys' grandparents took us all out to see it. (There seems to always be a new...

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Redefine Special: An Interview with Melanie Gomez

Redefine Special: An Interview with Melanie Gomez

Episode 5 Redefine Special: An Interview with Melanie GomezSarah and Melanie discuss special needs motherhood and Melanie's devotional, Bundle of Joy. Melanie and Sarah will both be speaking at Key Ministry's Inclusion Fusion Live! Conference on April 5th-6th in Bay...

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Ability Ministry with Ryan Wolfe

Ability Ministry with Ryan Wolfe

Episode 4 Ability Ministry with Ryan WolfeRegardless of the size of the church, community outreach to the disability community is not only possible, but commanded by Jesus himself. We are here to help. Most churches aren't opposed to the idea of getting involved in...

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Embracing Life with Jenn Soehnlin

Embracing Life with Jenn Soehnlin

Episode 3 Embracing Life with Jenn SoehnlinJenn shares her story dealing with grief after an autism diagnosis, how God met her on the beach, and how she has moved forward in hope. We talk through how to deal with grief, what to embrace about our kids with special...

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John Felageller on Fatherhood, Relationships, and Autism

John Felageller on Fatherhood, Relationships, and Autism

Episode 2 John Felageller: On Fatherhood, Relationships, and AutismJohn Felageller discusses his journey as a dad with his son's autism, how it affected their marriage, his relationship with his son, their friends, and how deeply it impacted him as a dad. So many...

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Discover GOALLY

Goally is an incredible time, task, and behavioral management aide designed specifically for individuals with autism under the control of a parent with the parent app. Kids manage their own tasks and routines (set up within the parent app,) building independence, creating good habits, and it enables parents and therapists alike to track behavior, both "desireable" and "undesireable", and allow kids/Goally users to redeem points for rewards. There is even a FB support group for parents with access to help as needed. Some insurance waivers will even cover the cost of Goally as an assistive device.

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